Archive for July2009; publicity for RL!

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Tom Bridge, co-founder and author of came across Raising Ladders the other day, and he liked it so much that he posted a brief write-up in the WLDC daily feed. is a collective blog written by a diverse population of authors who all have one thing in common: they are all enamored with […]

A different view of D.C.

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The John H. Glenn Jr., Washington, D.C.'s 70'-long flagship fireboat.  It was built in 1962 for the FDNY, and was purchased by DCFD in 1977 for one dollar. All the air inside my drysuit escaped with an audible whoosh as I stretched the rubber neck seal outwards, à la Rodney Dangerfield. I struggled to stay […]

The next hoop.

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Some good news is being passed around today. I've received word that a handful of us paramedics are being pushed along into the next stage of the DCFD pipeline, starting Monday. There's some meetings, some more paperwork (I'm sure), but it at least it means that we're moving forward.  Sadly, it means that I may […]


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"Y'all better be alert! Best pay attention over here!" The members of Engine 15 and a truck company were standing around the scene of a gas leak; we had just shut the supply off when our attention was drawn to the shirtless man quickly walking up to us.  "You know why? You know why? Because […]

Enjoying the fireworks.

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We pulled up to the building on 12th street and hopped out. Taking a second to scan the street, I saw only a single truck company and Rescue 3 pulling up beside us. "Uh… aren't we fourth due?" "Yep. Come on, rook… let's run the 400." And so in the front door we went. We […]

A refreshing viewpoint.

As paramedics, myself and my colleagues in recruit school have been hearing the same story since Day 1: "Well, just because you're a paramedic, you're going to catch flak from people in the department because they don't like EMS in general." And it's true—not everyone on the job (particularly the older crowd) is keen on the […]